75cl * 13.5% ABV * Franken, Germany
‘S’ at Horst Sauer is code for Spatlese. Spatlese means 'late harvest' or ripeness in German, but don’t confuse that with ‘sweetness’ - this is a dry wine (that's what trocken means), but richer and more concentrated than your average German offering.
The grapes are sourced from the Escherndorfer Lump vineyard site. This is an 'Erste Lage' or 'first class' vineyard site with a steep, south-facing slope - which protects the vines from cold northern and easterly winds. This location, together with the limestone soil, creates wines with a distinctive fruit character and great longevity. The 100% Silvaner grapes are hand-harvested, typically in mid-September. They are pressed gently and undergo a slow, temperature-controlled fermentation (10% on skins for 14 days) in stainless steel, with ageing on fine lees for around 4-5 months.
On the nose, there's inviting white spice and floral aromas, whilst the palate is nervy, vibrant with peach fruit and lovely texture. A bright acid backbone adds structure and elegance.
Wondering where the bottle shape comes from? Well, apparently it's a nod to the historic use of rams' testicles as water and wine flasks...
Excellent with food - especially shellfish, yet also like a good Pinot Blanc it could stand up to spiced Asian dishes and fun takeaways.